Crypto Market Data Provider CryptoCompare Launches New Commercial API Service

Siamak Masnavi

On Tuesday (4 December 2018), CryptoCompare, a leading cryptocurrency market data provider, announced that "in response to customer demand for commercially scalable and customisable cryptocurrency data solutions," it had added a powerful new commercial API service to complement its existing free API service.

CryptoCompare, which was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in London, currently provides retail and institutional investors with reliable real-time cryptocurrency market data on 5,696 coins and 264,465 trading pairs. 

What it most seems to pride itself on are the integrity and scope of the data it delivers. One way it tries to insure the integrity of its data is by reviewing crypto exchanges on a monthly basis, monitoring for market abuse, and taking regional anomalies and geographical movements into consideration. This monthly exchange review is considered essential reading by some of the biggest names in the crypto space. A few examples of major financial data providers that rely on CryptoCompare are Yahoo Finance, Thomson Reuters, and VanEck's indices division MVIS.

On 6 November 2017, VanEck's MVIS announced that it had "became the first major index provider to offer digital asset (crypto) indices" via a partnership with CryptoCompare, and said that "MVIS CryptoCompare Indices are the first to meet investment industry benchmarking standards by providing a public rulebook for fork treatments and other events, industry-wide data distribution, proper identifiers and further standard index governance requirements that are expected from a regulated, unaffiliated, major benchmark provider."

Up until today, CryptoCompare was offering a very popular free "Personal" API service for providing access to crypto market data. This is perfect for "individual users who want to explore the capabilities of the API for research and personal projects, as well as sandbox testing for commercial users." Those on this plan can use CryptoCompare's data "under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License" (meaning that they must credit CryptoCompare with a link if they use its data in a mobile app or on a website). This plan allows:

  • up to 100,000 API calls per month
  • 20+ market data endpoints 
  • full historial data on all coins and exchanges

Now, with the addition of its new "Commercial" API service, which is available in three tiers, CryptoCompare seems to have come up with the "ultimate" API solution.

As you can see from the table below, there are three Commercial plans:

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This new commercial API service is "tailored to the cryptocurrency data needs of the institutional and retail investors as well as third parties, partners and developers," and offers "more flexibility such as extended historical data; customisable API endpoint solutions and call limits; dedicated support and service level agreements; and the ability to save/cache data locally for internal business purposes."

It is important to note that all three of the above plans "include commercial redistribution rights, enabling third parties greater flexibility in using CryptoCompare’s data for their crypto investment products or market data needs."

Charles Hayter, Co-Founder and CEO of CryptoCompare, had this to say about this new service:

"We continually invest in our technology and APIs to ensure our infrastructure remains robust and both the retail and institutional investor can access data as needed to execute trades on their investment portfolios. We adhere to rigorous standards to safeguard data integrity, normalising global data sources to ensure consistency and confidence in the market. We’re very excited to launch this extended API service to the crypto community, providing commercial licenses for third parties, partners and investors alike. We developed this new offering in response to demands from both individuals and institutions for more complex, often bespoke yet highly scalable cryptocurrency data solutions."


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Binance Raises Eyebrows After Confirming Coinmarketcap Acquisition

Binance Holdings Ltd., the firm behind leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has confirmed the acquisition of cryptoasset tracking platform CoinMarketCap.

In a blog post, Binance confirmed the acquisition and claimed CoinMaketCap “stays committed” to providing quality cryptocurrency data to its users “while benefiting from Binance’s expertise, resources and scale.” It added CoinMarketCap has “maintained independence from external stakeholders since its inception” and will keep being an independent business entity.

In the post, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was quoted as saying CoinMarketCap is the “landing page of crypto.” The acquisition was first reported on by TheBlock, which wrote the platform could be changing hands for as much as $400 million in cash and stock.

While Binance’s BNB token and the Binance exchange are listed on the platform, the post responded to users’ concerns surrounding the acquisition writing:

CoinMarketCap and Binance are separate entities that maintain a strict policy of independence from one another: Binance has no bearing on CoinMarketCap rankings, while CoinMarketCap has no influence over Binance’s operations.

As CryptoGlobe reported, users expressed concern surrounding CoinMarketCap’s data after the acquisition was first reported, as managing the platform could be very beneficial for Binance, which could use it as a funnel to gain new users.

Speaking to Bloomberg News Nic Carter, co-founder of Coin Metrics, noted that Binance could also set its platform as the preferred exchange by topping the rankings by default.  Carter added:

While the move may cause some to question CMC’s [CoinMarketCap’s] ability to remain a neutral data provider, it could potentially be very productive for Binance.

Binance’s blog post details CoinMarketCap’s founder Brandon Chez is stepping down as CEO to focus on his family, while current Chief Strategy Officer Carylyne Chain has been named interim CEO.

The cryptocurrency exchange recently raised users’ ire after participating in what was dubbed a hostile takeover of the STEEM blockchain, later on removing the vote. CoinMarketCap’s data itself has also been heavily criticized, with one filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission from Bitwise Asset Management arguing 95% of the trading volume it reports is fake or non-economical in nature.

Cryptocurrency exchanges have been known to use schemes that help boost their trading volumes – in some cases allegedly going as far as wash trading – to boost their rankings on CoinMarketCap and gain visibility.

Addressing the issue Zhao noted it wasn’t an easy problem to fix, adding that almost everything “requires some kind of judgement or algorithm.” While the acquisition comes at a time in which the economy has been suffering because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Market volatility has, however, been good for crypto exchanges. Zhao revealed Binance’s traffic increased about five times over the past few weeks, while Coinbase had already revealed its volumes grew after the March 12-13 market crash.

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